Buses are used for a lot of different purposes. There are school buses, ones used for public transport, tour buses, and passenger vans that constitute as buses. Unfortunately not every bus ride in Arizona is going to be a safe and successful one. Accidents happen and it can be really tragic when they do. In just an instant, a typical bus ride can change someone’s life forever. If you have been seriously injured in a bus accident, we want to say how sorry we truly are. No one should have to suffer due to someone else’s negligence. Our Arizona bus accident lawyer is ready to lead you through your claim and set you up to get the best possible outcome. After you read a bit about your bus accident claim, please call us as soon as you can to set up your free case evaluation so that we can get the ball rolling on your case.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, when you are hurt in a bus accident, it has the potential to change your life and even be permanent injuries. The most common types of bus accident injuries include:
- Broken bones and fracture
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ injury
After the accident happens, you will probably have a lot of adrenaline rushing through your body that might mask the injuries you have. While you might be inclined to brush it off and go about your normal life, you should not. You run the risk of worsening any injuries that you do have. You do not want to have to put yourself through more pain than you already are. You should get to an emergency room, urgent care, or your primary physician as soon as possible. If you avoid care or delay it, the insurance company will use that an opportunity to throw out your case. They will say that you could not possibly be that injured if you did not see a doctor. We want to avoid things like that which will affect your case later on.
Action to Take on the Scene
Your health is a priority so if you cannot take action on the scene because you need to go to the emergency room, you can have a friend or family member come on the scene to help you. You might even be able to call an attorney and get them on the scene to help you as well. At the scene, whoever is there, you need to know that collecting evidence is important. If you were a passenger on the bus, you should make sure before you leave the scene you have it officially reported that you were on the bus. Otherwise they will have an opportunity to deny you compensation. The possible evidence that can be collected if you were injured as a driver of another vehicle that collided with the bus is the vehicles themselves. Take photos of every visible mark on the bus and your own vehicle. You should also be getting contact information from witnesses as well as insurance information from the other vehicles (including the bus) involved in the incident. A tip for a successful claim is to never verbally say it was your fault while you are at the scene or to the insurance company when they call you. You might think that it was your fault, but upon analysis of the situation, it turns out you are definitely not the liable party. Never say that you are because you don’t yet know. Lastly, never just walk away from the scene. If you do that, you will not stand a good chance to get the compensation you deserve.
The good news for bus accident victims in Arizona is that we live in a state that allows for you to receive compensation even if you are mostly at fault for the accident. It gets capped at 99% at fault and barred at 100%. The not-so-good news is that, if you have been pinned for some fault in the cause of the accident, your compensation reward will be reduced to account of that. For instance, if you were blamed for 20% of the accident while being awarded $10,000, then your award would be reduced to $8,000. We will work very hard to keep any reduction from happening to you. Make sure you contact us right away. You have two years from the date of the accident to bring your claim or settle it in civil court.
Frequently Asked Bus Accident Questions
Who is the Right Attorney for Me?
If you need to find a bus accident attorney, some of the things that you should be looking at are attorneys that have experience with dealing with bus crashes. You need to have somebody who focuses on that area of the law and understands it. You want this to be a primary part of their practice, not just something they dabble in. With any personal injury issue, you should always get a trial attorney to handle the claim.
That’s important because it prepares the case well if you have to go to trial. It also lets the insurance companies know that you’re willing to go to trial, that you’re not afraid of it, and that you’ll be prepared.
What Mistakes Can I Avoid?
If you’ve been injured in a bus crash in the state of Arizona, you should know about some of the mistakes that people in your situation often make. In handling the claim, they talk to the insurance company’s adjusters and give them statements early on in the case. Also, they don’t get to medical treatment quickly enough and they don’t follow doctor’s orders carefully or at all.
Another big mistake is not hiring an attorney quickly enough. By doing that, you can avoid the problem of dealing with the adjusters because we would take over all of that.
You want to hire somebody who has experience in handling bus crashes. You want to handle somebody who focuses on that regularly and understands what a bus crash is and how to deal with it. You want to hire a trial lawyer who can push the case as far as they need to get you a fair resolution.
What Should I Do After My Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident in the state of Arizona, make sure you get the medical treatment that you need. Your first priority should be making sure that you take care of yourself and you get yourself back to the full physical condition that you were in before the crash. To the extent possible, get photographs of the scene from the vehicles. There may be others that can take those for you if you’re too injured.
You also need to contact an attorney as soon as you possibly can because there’s a lot of information involved in a bus crash that could disappear. You want to get the names of witnesses and anybody else who was involved.
You need to see what physical evidence there is and make sure that all of that is preserved. There’s also electronic data that you should make sure gets preserved. You need an attorney to help you.
The other thing is that you should hire the right attorney for your case. A good choice would be somebody who has experience handling bus cases, and focuses on personal injury, including bus cases. Then you want to make sure you get a trial attorney involved because you need somebody who can take the case from beginning all the way through as far as the bus company is going to push it to make sure that you get a fair resolution in the case.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
If you’ve been involved in a bus crash in the state of Arizona, you may be wondering if your case will have to go to trial. Most of the cases do get settled short of trial, but it’s difficult to know at the beginning of a case which case will settle and which will need to be tried. One of the things that we always do as trial attorneys is prepare every case as if it’s going to go to trial so if it has to go to trial, we’ll be prepared.
How Much is My Case Worth?
Someone who has been in a bus crash in the state of Arizona will probably want to know what the value of their case is. We’d love to talk to you about that, but we won’t be able to tell you much initially. We first need to gather information about all the medical treatment that you’ve received and are going to need to receive. We have to know how that’s working for you, how much time you’re missing from work, and the limitations you’re experiencing in your daily activities. All of those things have to be considered. Once we have that information, we can give you a good idea of what the value of your case is.
What Does an Attorney Cost?
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident and you have injuries, you may be trying to figure out how to deal with them and whether or not you should pursue a claim. One of the issue is how much an attorney is going to cost you. The good news for you is that, once you hire us, we prepare the case, and take all the steps necessary to get the case ready for settlement or ready for trial. We do that without any money coming out of your pocket. The only time you pay us is when we get a successful resolution of your case.
Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?
If you’ve been involved in a bus crash in the state of Arizona, you’re likely going to be contacted by an insurance adjuster, and potentially other representatives of the bus company or the insurance company. They’re going to want to take a recorded statement from you about the incident. I’m asked frequently, “Do I have to give a recorded statement or should I give a recorded statement?”
I generally recommend that you not give a recorded statement until you’ve had the opportunity to talk to an attorney. The reason for that is the individuals who are taking those statements are trained in how to get information that favors the bus company’s position and hurts your position.
How Long Will This Case Take?
In the state of Arizona, if you’ve been involved in a bus accident, you probably want to know how quickly we can settle your case. It’s always hard to say that at the beginning of a case because we don’t know what the injuries are. We need to know first of all what your injuries are, what your limitations are, and how that’s going to impact you.
Once we have good understanding of what those injuries are, we can get a demand to the insurance company. If they come back and make a fair offer, the case can get resolved fairly quickly. If they don’t make a fair offer and push us towards litigation or continuing to fight with them, it’s going to take longer.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you are seriously injured after your bus accident, you may be feeling worried, angry, and frustrated. It is a difficult thing to deal with being injured due to someone else’s carelessness. We do not want you to have to deal with your physical recovery as well as the stress of a legal situation. Our Arizona bus accident lawyers will take the weight off your shoulders and handle all things to do with your claim. You need to focus on getting healthy again. If you want a lawyer who will push back against the insurance company and get you the result you want, please call our office today for a free initial consultation.